Blowouts occur more frequently in the summer because heat causes the tire rubber to expand; but who thinks about this? So here you are, going 65 mph+ on the freeway when you hear a pop. The car slows down drastically; you immediately recognize you have a tire blowout. What do you do in this precarious situation?
How to Recognize a Tire Blowout
Not everyone immediately recognizes the signs of a blowout. You may hear a banging pop followed by reverberation inside the car. Also, expect repeated flopping and flapping as the flat tire smacks the road.
Other points to keep in mind:
- The car may pull to one side.
- Expect more difficult steering if a front tire blows out.
- Expect strong vibrations and bumpiness in the seat if a rear tire blows out.
How to Drive Through a Blown Tire
We know this is easier said than done but remain calm and keep driving. Here’s what you do:
- Firmly grip the steering wheel.
- Don’t slam on the brakes.
- Gradually slow the car and pull over when safe to do so.
- Switch on your emergency lights.
- Exit your vehicle and assess the damage. Do this only when you’re a safe distance from other drivers on the highway.
What to Do Next
If you have a spare tire and know how to change a tire, then do so. If not, then call AAA, a towing service, or roadside assistance. Remember, a spare tire is only for temporary use. We suggest heading to an auto repair shop as soon as possible.
We Diagnose Cars After a Tire Blowout
Waste no time in bringing your car to Jones Automotive Clinic. Our auto service can assess for possible damage to areas like the axle or suspension. See our gallery for our crew in action. Remember to remain calm and be observant when driving through a tire blowout.
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